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Homebound in the snow? Here are some ideas for indoor play

Indoor fun
Indoor fun

Waking up to white everywhere, you are probably thinking to yourself, "What are we going to do now?" In late February it can sometimes be difficult to embrace a new winter wonderland before us, but take heart and try a new activity to make the day memorable.

In the kitchen:

  • What better to do with all this extra snow than make your own snow ice cream? The kids will love helping to create such a tasty dish.
  • While you are in the kitchen, here are a few fun snow-themed snacks you can make with your kids that don't involve you actually having to fetch snow from outside. 
  • If you are up for a challenge, you can try an edible winter landscape

Some crafts that don't involve snacking:

  • You can make a sock snowman out of some simple supplies around the house.
  • Another fun item is making your very own snow globe.  (It's easier than it sounds.)

If you want to simply relax and enjoy watching your children play, it's nice to have some saved up ideas for a special rainy... or in this case snowy day.  There are several books out there to address the need of having new activities at your fingertips like, The Toddler's Busy Book by Trish Kuffner.  Here are a few ideas she suggests:

  • Tape City- using masking tape, layout a road system on your floor for for small cars. Have your children fill the layout with accessories like small people our construct buildings from blocks.
  • Toddler Train- Connect three or more assorted boxes with string or ribbon.  Have your child place favorite dolls or animals to place in the "cars." (My son really enjoys having tickets to sell, collect, and punch from each of his "passengers" before giving them rides. 
  • Cereal Box Puzzle- Cut the front of a cereal box off and cut it into several pieces. Have your child try to put the puzzle back together again. (It might sound silly but the newness makes it exciting... you could also print out a photograph or coloring sheet printable from your computer onto card stock.)

Hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you to explore the indoors!

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